Upon her death, Amy Winehouse joined an exclusive and slightly ominous group of musicians, the 27 Club. The club comprises of famous artists who have died at age 27; society has lost much musical potential. I was surprised at just who formed the core of this ‘prestigious’ collection of talented musicians, lost while in their prime.
Jones, Joplin, Hendrix, Morrison and Cobain all died in less-than-ordinary circumstances. Winehouse, who was definitely not shy of the tabloid’s spotlight during the course of her life, joins these legends in the 27 Club. While there has been no official report of cause of death, one can only imagine the tragic influence that drugs and alcohol had on her life had a part to play.
I watched a Youtube video of Winehouse on her final tour back in June, performing at a decidedly sub-par level in Belgrade. It was unnerving to see her in such a state. I would prefer to remember her by the true triumphs of her life, the classic songs that she wrote.
Also some extra light reading, a comprehensive tribute to Winehouse by The Guardian.